No UDRS for India-Australia Tests
The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used for the India-Australia Tests in October. "There won't be any UDRS in the series. We have already written to the International Cricket Council," the BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told PTI.
As per ICC regulations, the host country - in this case India - takes the call on whether to use the UDRS in consultation with the visiting team. Cricket Australia always supported the use of the UDRS unlike the BCCI, which has resisted it since India and Sri Lanka became the first teams to experiment with the system in a three-Test series in July and August 2008.
The BCCI's decision is not unexpected but will have its impact on a series during which all the technology to implement the UDRS will be available in India, as reported by Cricinfo. The only beneficiaries of the system will be the TV audience during the series and not the cricketers.
When asked if the UDRS will be used in the World Cup in the subcontinent in 2011, Shetty said the decision rested with the ICC, for the tournament was an ICC event. The ICC approved the implementation of the controversial system for the World Cup in July, subject to agreements over costs and equipment between the broadcast partner, ESPN STAR Sports, and the host nations.
Australia play two Tests and three ODIs on their tour of India in October.